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The Mental Illness Happy Hour

Weekly online podcast interviews with comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. All exploring mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.

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The groundbreaking radio personality opens up about the childhood and adolescent pain that informs his stable of highly detailed, irreverent character voices.   He and Paul bond over sexually inappropriate mothers and distant fathers.    Whose mother acted creepier?  You decide. It's Ick-a-palooza!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Phil Hendrie
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What is it like to be the government agent that has to physically investigate allegations of abuse or neglect and sometimes even remove children from a home?  "Ray", a 3rd generation social worker opens up about his passion and struggles working for Child Protective Services.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Child Protective Services Social Worker "Ray"
Dr. Jessica Zucker graces the show as our first mental health expert.  And she does not dissapoint.  We learn helpful tips in finding the right therapist, the benefits of it, and common pitfalls.   We discuss her upcoming book about porn stars and what sex means to them.  We talk about a listener's harrowing experience with postpartum depression.  And finally, Dr. Zucker lends a gentle hand in helping Paul to confront the most painful truth in his life.  The lifelong patterns of abuse by...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dr. Jessica Zucker #1 - Porn, PPD, Moms & Paul's Painful Truth
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The 28 year-old listener opens up about his familiy's history of avoiding emotions, his cries for help, struggling to live on $8/hour, his cutting and self-abuse and his shame over his paraphilia (adult baby) fetish.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Paraphilia & Self-Abuse - Listener "D"
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Paul interviews fellow comedian and friend Marc Maron.  Subjects include: God, the universe, suicide, and the night Paul had to listen to Marc get it on.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Marc Maron
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Jen Kirkman (Chelsea Lately, Drunk History) and Paul have an epic "Fear Off" that leaves both of their souls emptied.   Jen shares about her panic attacks and what it was like to be in New York on 9/11.  Paul shares about the horror of being in an eart...
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The writer (Chelsea Lately) and performer (Pretty Funny Women) shares her family history of mental illness including her battles with Bipolar disorder especially manic episodes and the shame, regret and confusion that often followed.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Lisa Sundstedt
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Listener Meghan Parkansky returns to talk about being diagnosed with "Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified" and the hospitalization that resulted from going off of her meds in anticipation of losing her health insurance.    She discusses the intense paranoia, her brain feeling "stung" and  the belief that she was being filmed for a reality t.v. show everywhere she went.  Meghan is the writer/producer/director of the documentary eXtreme, Loyal, Victorious: The...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Listener Meghan Parkansky Returns
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The groundbreaking comedian (Comedy Central Presents:, Comedians of Comedy, Sarah Silverman Program) and voiceover artist (Wordgirl, Adult Swim) talks about her lifelong battles with OCD, Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, BiPolar II, and the recent hospitilization that probably saved her life.  Sounds pretty hilarious huh?
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Maria Bamford
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"Lillith" (not her real name) opens up to Paul about why she chooses to moonlight as an escort/prostitute, even though her day job pays the bills.  She talks about living with a rapid cycling form of BiPolar type I, childhood sexual trauma, how her mania helped her excel academically, and the myths and truths about having sex for money.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Escort/Prostitute Lillith
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Incestuous or inappropriate behavior by parents isn't always easy to define.   Paul's friend "Barbara" and her boyfriend "Steve" (both using pseudomnyms) talk about their childhoods and the issues they struggle with especially using sex for power instead of intimacy. 
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Sexually Inappropriate Parents (w/Barbara & Steve)
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You've seen her on The Office and I Love You Man , and you've heard her as the co-host of the podcast Who Charted?  Kulap talks about her chaotic upbringing by immigrant Laotian parents and the battle today to overcome the memories that haunt her.   They discuss her involvment in a little known therapy called the Grinberg Method.    
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Kulap Vilaysack
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The standup comedian ( Last Comic Standing , The Tonight Show ) and podcaster ( You Had to Be There ) opens up about hitting bottom with anorexia as a teen, only to discover ten years later, her food issues haven't disappeared.  She and Paul talk about self-medicating, caring too much about what other people think, avoiding painful truths, and the difficult road to self-acceptance.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Nikki Glaser
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Paul reads an article written by Alan Rappoport PhD about Co-Narcissism, which he describes as a result of being raised by one or sometimes two narcissistic parents. 
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Co-Narcissism (a mini episode)
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Broadcaster Jesse Thorn and his father Lee discuss the impact Lee's PTSD has had on them both.  Lee served in Vietnam.  Jesse is the host/producer of The Sound of Young America, Jordan Jessie Go!, Judge John Hodgman, and many other popular podcasts and shows on public radio and cable t.v.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jesse & Lee Thorn
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Radio & Podcasting personality Gina Grad talks with Paul about her Pink Floyd-like panic attacks, growing up in a loud Jewish family in conservative Kansas, and they both weigh in on the repercussions of having sex when one person is not that into it.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Gina Grad
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African-American and gay, Derrick has always struggled with the fact that he doesn't put his mother on a pedestal.   Quite the opposite, he doesn't feel safe around her.  He opens up about her mental illness, her sexualizing him at an early age and the effect it has had on him and his sexuality, including sex addiction and attending a support group. Derrick is mail carrier and lives in Southern California.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Listener Derrick Jackson
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Greg's story continues with more heroin-fueled mishaps that affect strangers, Robert Redford, Mary Poppins and others.   His life on the edge takes him to the brink of death.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Greg Cheever Part 2/2
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The 43 year-old comedy writer opens up about his idyllic childhood, and a couple of traumatic events he believes contribute to his isolating and fighting the demons of depression while being single, unemployed and living alone.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Matt Oswalt
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The NY Times Bestselling author of "Shitty Mom", tv writer ( Conan ), standup and sinlge Mom talks to Paul about the painful event that derailed her swimming aspirations and defined much of her late teens and twenties, before she eventually sought help.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Laurie Kilmartin
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Prostitution, alcoholism, fetishes, swinging, abandonment and being stabbed by a bayonet.  Handyman Hank Adams has experienced them all. Paul's friend has to literally pause to count how many stepdads he has had.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Hank Adams
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Part-time actor, friend and meditation teacher talks with Paul about her life being profoundly affected by her painful English upbringing, Hitler and Back to the Future.   They also discuss the importance of Vedic meditation and the Body Ecology Diet.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Paula Newman
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The writer and actress ( Hey Ash, Whatcha' Playin? ) and VO artist (Tiny Tina of Borderlands 2 ) opens up about the recent accidental overdose death of her boyfriend and the struggle to put her life back together.  They also talk about the danger of invalidating children's feelings and the shame of obsessive or intrusive thoughts.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Ashly Burch
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The comedian/actress/musician opens up about her childhood, the impact of her parents' divorce, her obsessive worrying, her aborted engagement to a crack addict and what she learned about herself.  People know Kerri from Reno 911, MTV's The State, the sitcom Still Standing, and the indie rock band Cake Like.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Kerri Kenney-Silver
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Paul reads an email, two surveys then talks with author Guy Winch (PhD in clinical psychology) about practical tips to deal with rumination. Guy is the author of the book Emotional First Aid. This is the first of six mini-episodes with Guy on dealing with various emotional stressors.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dr. Guy Winch
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Paul interviews Grey DeLisle, one of the most in-demand VO (voice over) actors in Hollywood.  She's the voice of Daphne on Scooby Doo, Azula on Avatar: The Last Airbender. They talk about pervy relatives, her date with a pervy celebrity, and more.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Grey DeLisle
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Adam opens up about his living with a condition called Hypervigilance, being raised in a joyless environment, getting out of ruts, Adam's book and Hitler!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Adam Carolla
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Comedian Wendy Liebman opens up to Paul about anorexia, pedophile teachers, exploitive therapists, the need to entertain and perfectionism.   Oh, and some good old-fashioned fear!   Wendy has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, HBO,
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Wendy Liebman
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The podcaster/comic/host/writer/entreprenuer opens up about finally using his obsessive nerd brain for constructive instead of destructive pursuits.  He gets honest about his history of panic attacks, drinking issues, middle-school humiliations and a lost decade after hosting MTV's Singled Out didn't bring the success he had hoped for.   Chris hosts the Nerdist (podcast and BBC America show), AMC's The Talking Dead , G4's Attack of the Show , and will kick your ass at bowling.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Chris Hardwick
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Paul interviews "Murph", a retired serial felon who opens up about prison, the guilt of his crimes and leaving it all behind.  Six years ago you might have labeled him a psychopath.  Paul calls him a trusted friend.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, "Murph"
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The former Daily Show correspondent, tv and movie actress, wife and mom talks about postpartum depression, a childhood tragedy, and not liking her boobs being touched, possibly because of a relative.    Paul muses on his recent wet dreams.  Ick.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Beth Littleford
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The talented stand-up comedian, podcaster ( Pod F. Tompkast ) and writer/actor (HBO's Mr. Show ) talks about the role therapy played in helping him turn his pain and rejection into being a happier person and a better artist.  He opens up about the shame of having parents who didn't find him funny or necessarily interesting, and the beauty of being given a second chance by a peer who was ready to write him off for his past bitterness.  A bitterness fueled by unrequited, irrational love.  ...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Paul F. Tompkins
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Bouncing from family to family and always being the new girl at school forced her to adapt and gave her experiences to draw on as a writer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2 Broke Girls).   But a family history of mental illness, food issues, panic attacks and always being attracted to brilliant but broken men have not been so easy to adapt to.     Morgan opens up about the power of friendship and the odd comfort of dark comedic humor from some well-known friends during her...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Morgan Murphy
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How do you cope when you are convinced your life is constantly in danger as a child?  First, you band together with your siblings and form an army, then you learn about the sweet oblivion of addiciton.  Paul's friend Karma witholds her last name and picture so she can fully reveal the family life that nearly killed her, but ultimately forced her to grow.    A fairly heavy interview so Paul throws in a little something after the interview to hopefully make you laugh.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Karma (last name withheld)
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Comedian Jimmy Dore talks to Paul about growing up Catholic in a violent and segregated Chicago neighborhood with 11 siblings.   Who knew that attending mass could lead to depression, panic attacks, fistfights, robbery and an empty feeling following success?
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jimmy Dore
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Tom, a Stanford-educated lawyer, gets honest about his need to push the limit, his fears and the night he almost died from his addiction.
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The standup comedian ( Late Night with Craig Ferguson) opens up about her conservative Catholic upbringing and coming to terms with being lesbian.  She and Paul talk about bad porn, being turned on by things we wouldn't want in real life and the heavy burden of being co-dependent.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Cameron Esposito
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He is still physically female but has always identified as a male.  He talks about what it means to be genderfluid or genderqueer as well as pansexual and the diffiult road in discovering who he is and expressing that around others, especially family.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Transgender Listener "Pidgeon"
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Make-up artist, former Broadway dancer, as well as Paul's friend and co-worker, Stephen talks about surviving an abusive upbringing, the pain of being gay in a homophobic household, the impact of AIDS on NYC in the 80's, and finding his voice.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Stephen Mancuso
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Clinical psychologist Dr. Guy Winch shares some insights and tips on dealing with low self-esteem.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Low Self-Esteem
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Paul interviews his Dinner and a Movie co-host Janet Varney about her battles with anxiety, depression food and panic attacks. Listen as one people-pleaser interviews another! Enjoy Janet parrying a compliment coming her way! En garde!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Janet Varney
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Greg talks about his roller coaster ride to fame and then losing it all.  He and Paul have the first "Fear Off" where they swap fears until one of them comes up blank.  Of course they talk about their penises.  And girls.  And comedy.  And surgery.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Greg Behrendt
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What happens when a naiive Texas cheerleader from an abusive home tries to pay for college by smuggling heroin in Bangladesh?  Probably not what you think.  Though her story has been seen on National Geographic's Locked Up Abroad , it only scratched the surface of who she was and who she has become.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Lia McCord
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The standup comedian and Long Island native opens up about her struggle to live with various mental illnesses, especially PTSD caused by childhood and adolescent sexual abuse.  She and Paul discuss having compassion for oneself and how to learn to trust after being abused as a child.  They also discuss social anorexia as a byproduct of depression.  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Brenda Colonna
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The standup/actress shares about being the only child of parents who fled Communist Hungary, and after their divorce absorbing the brunt of her mothers mental illness (Borderline Personality Disorder).  She shares about the emotional scars and how she's working to heal them.  Christina co-hosts the podcast Your Mom's House with her husband/comedian Tom Segura.  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Christina Pazsitzky
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Raised by attentive, loving parents she neverlheless grew up with a pervasive feeling of emptiness that she sought to soothe through relationships with men.   In her words she, "Burnt her life to the ground", but used the experience and pain to grow.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Adrienne Selbert
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The standup comedian, co-creator of The Marijuanalogues and host of The Benson Interuption and Doug Loves Movies stops by to talk about his history with Paul, pot, parents and girlfriends.  And of course the special role that movies play in his life, especially in dealing with his sometimes smothering, worry-filled mother.  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Doug Benson
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The handyman/comedian opens up about growing up with a seriously ill single mother (Addison's disease) and alcoholic father.  He recounts the breakup with a girl, the depression that wound up getting him committed to a mental facility against his will and what he took from the experience.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jim O'Brien
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The actor (The Sopranos), standup and podcaster (The Self-Help Comedy Hour) talks with Paul about his lifelong battle with anxiety and low self-esteem and the importance of welcoming fear instead of fighting it.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Ed Crasnick
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Stand-up Comedian, Skateboarder and co-host of Fuel T.V.'s The Daily Habit, Chris Fairbanks talks with Paul about his mother's battle with alcoholism, Alzheimer's and Dementia and its effect on him growing up and today.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Chris Fairbanks
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Marriage and Family Therapist Erika Holmes answers listener questions from Facebook and Twitter.  Topics include Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD therapies, Neurofeedback and potential damage caused by parents who are religious zealots.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Ask Erika Holmes MFT
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At four years-old he told his mom he wanted to be a lady when he grows up.  He shares about the violence inflicted by his complex father and classmates.  He talks about managing his PTSD, insomnia, Bipolar II, night terrors and being a rape survivor.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Nandi La Sophia
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The writer ( Agorafabulous! , XOJane.com, Vice.com) and performer (Comedy Central, MTV) talks about a popular friend's suicide in high school that informed much of her later life, her families history of depression and anxiety and her Agoraphobia.   They also share tips to avoid isolating and talk in depth about everybody's favorite topic; catheters!  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Sara Benincasa
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She was named Ronnie at birth by her bipolar mother who cared so little, she chose the name of the baby's father.   It goes downhill from there.   Though her story is incredibly dark, it's ultimately one of incredible resilience, humor and insight into mental illness and how to cope with being bipolar on a daily basis.   Ronnie is the author of several books, including Mother's House Payment .
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Ronnie Schiller
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The performer/writer/director best known for her popular YouTube channel opens up about growing up with a Japanese father and Filipino mother where mistakes were not tolerated. She also shares about her sister's suicide, lying, drugs & sex.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Anna Akana
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Hear what happened when this listener, a popular Wisconsin farm girl moved to the big city and crippling anxiety set in.  Now throw in her discovering she's a lesbian and her mother's dislike of gays.   Sounds like the recipe for a schizophrenic break.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Meghan Parkansky
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People may know Eddie from the Sarah Silverman Program, Old School, Conan and Last Comic Standing.  Paul knows Eddie as a friend and fellow performer able to talk about the darkness he grew up with and the crippling angst that still bothers him.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Eddie Pepitone
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The photographer and activist talks about her bookwormish childhood, coming out in high school, the abusive relationship she couldn't bear to leave and her project which documents the stories of suicide attempt survivors (she is one) Live Through This.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dese'Rae L Stage
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Even though Alycia has a Masters in Spiritual Psychology, her raw experience in a chaotic home has been the "gift" that has really allowed her to understand the dynamics of her own self-hatred, fear, and low self-esteem. She shares how facing that pain allowed for the eventual transformation to it being an experience that gives her life purpose.   An especially powerful episode (for Paul at least) as Alycia played a part in one of the most transformative days in his life.  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Alycia Schlesinger
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The writer ( The Ellen DeGeneres Show , Lucky Louie ) comedian (Comedy Central, The Howard Stern Show ) and podcaster ( Fitzdog Radio ) opens up about his tumultuous relationship with his late father, his temper, his body shame, ADHD and alcohol.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Greg Fitzsimmons
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The Singer/Songwriter opens up about her lifetime battles with body image, weight and food, as well as the complicated and overwhelming experience of being a part of the Twilight franchise (she wrote and performed the song "Satellite Heart" on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, and hosted a red carpet event).  She ends the interview with a performance of her song "Miss Halfway".  Paul reads a response from the Shame and Secrets survey written by a mild-mannered housewife...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Anya Marina
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Listener Joy opens up to Paul about raising a child with mental illness, especially her teenage daughter's Reactive Attachment Disorder, depression, the social stigma, the healthcare system and how to deal with it.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Parenting Mental Illness
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The bitter divorce between her sexually repressed mother and left-brained mathmetician father who openly complained of his ex-wife's frigidity left an indelible mark on Michaela's view of sex, intimacy and relationships.    A moment of clarity changed her path when she realized the men she felt close and safe to had no sex appeal, and the men who had sex appeal made her insecure and crazy.     Listeners may recognize Michaela from Saturday Night Live , Wanderlust , Curb Your Enthusiasm ,...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Michaela Watkins
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The standup comedian ( Comedy Central Presents , Chapelle's Show , Best Week Ever , Countdown with Keith Olberman ) opens up about the tragedy and parental mental illness that shaped his childhood and still affects him today as well as his struggle to trust and feel confident about his future.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Christian Finnegan
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Born to a drug-addict teenage mom, Julie was given up for adoption and raised by a stoic military dad and Fundamentalist mom whose obession with demons comes close to resembling the mother from "Carrie".   There much more to her story including her humor and resilience.  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Adoption w/listener Julie J
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Listener Katie Yeargain Palacio was literally a red-headed stepchild.  Though her blended family was large (7 kids), her stepfather was not Mr. Brady.  He was, in her words Machiavelli.  Attacked by a stranger at 15, something in her snapped.  It would be years before she dealt with the pain, as she tried to numb herself with sex, drugs, shopping and men who treated her like, yep you guessed it, her stepfather.  Topics include PTSD, Bipolar II, Attachment Disorder, divorce and mothering....
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The writer/performer shares about being raised by a violent and mentally unstable mother who refused to take meds, often leading to 911 calls and police.  She also talks about her own depression, anxiety, perfectionism and relationship struggles.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Pia Glenn
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The 36 year-old mother shares about the middle-class version of Cops that was her childhood, her Borderline Personality Disorder, suicide attempts and the drinking problem she can't bring herself to confront despite its effect on her children & boyfriend.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Bernadette
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Paul talks with avowed Christian and movie podcaster Tyler Smith about his recent diagnosis of depression.   Paul questions his own prejudice towards organized religion.  An inappropriate incest joke makes things nice and uncomfortable.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Tyler Smith
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The PhD (clinical psychology) shares about working with at-risk youth particularly in the LGBT population and in a Psychiatric Evaluation team, responding to mental health emergencies.  She also talks about the addictive rush of working in crisis.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dr. Jessica DuBron
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The pansexual Iraqi war veteran talks about his plans to come out to his homophobic family, growing up with a mother who picked terrible men,  his deadbeat dad and meeting a half-brother & doing a joint road trip to confront the father that abandoned them both.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Lance L
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How do each of us cope with trauma?  Brenda's story is remarkable for many reasons.  She is a former Div 1 softball player and mother of two who endured a day most people only experience in their nightmares.   She shares how she got through it, where she is at today and the role athletics played in honing her mental toughness.  Paul also reads some very intense survey responses covering a variety of ways people cope with trauma.    Not a light episode, but hopefully illuminating.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Coping & Trauma with Brenda Feehery
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Try to guess how Frank (Mystery Science Theater 3000) and Paul manage to delve into: Toots Shor, Nikita Kruschev, crippling depressions, drunk driving, collpsed buildings, social anxiety, spiritual satellites and Ed McMahon's cock!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Frank Conniff
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Paul's friend opens up about being kidnapped by a motorcycle gang at 13, his success as a South Beach nightclub owner, the effect it had on his ego, the "animal" he says he became and the cocaine and heroin addiction that brought him to his knees.  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, James "Jamie" Franzo
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The former Second City improviser turned drug & alcohol counselor talks about his mother's suicide when he was 12, coming out at 16 (in 1981), getting physically sober but being emotionally toxic and being fired from the prestigious improv company and finally having to change. They talk about Jimmy's breakthrough in doing EMDR and CBT therapy.   Paul also shares some listener emails and surveys around the topic of suicide given the nature of this week's Robin Williams tragedy.   On the...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jimmy Doyle